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Unformatted text preview: 4-22-08 Coral Reefs Continued Stupid Coral o Well, its true o Coral reefs have lots of microenvironments o Lots of macroenvironments too o Location, location, location Home with spacious view o Competition is tough Coral predators o Larger predators (or more abundant) can do much more harm o Crown-of-thorns seastar Acanthaster planci Large, destroy an entire coral colony in one feeding o Corallivorous fishes Filefish Butterfly Fish Puffers Also feeds on Acanthaster o Omnivores Parrot fish Surgeonfish Lithification Formation of rock Deposit sand between the cracks of the coral reef heads Cementing the coral reef together o Not all bad: algal grazers o Table from book; shows the complex ecosystem. Page 444 o ...
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2009 for the course MNS 320 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring '08